AEK Athens Sign Norwich City forward Nelson Oliveira
Nelson Oliveira’s spell in English football appears to be coming to an end after he has signed for Greek outfit AEK Athens. The Portuguese striker spent the second half of last season on loan at Reading, as he was deemed surplus to requirements at Norwich City. Reading manager José Gomez was very keen on bringing Oliveira on a permanent basis to the Madejski Stadium, but the Royals have been unable to come to terms with the player. Oliveira had a long-standing problem with Norwich that even prevented him from getting a squad member for the 2019-20 campaign in the Premier League. He had one year left on his contract with the Canaries.
The forward has decided to agree a move to Greece with an annual wages of around € 1 million. The 27-year-old will be signing a two-year contract with AEK Athens. The strong Portuguese contingent at the club has been a huge influence in helping seal the move. Miguel Cardoso has been in charge of the team while the likes of Paulinho, Helder Lopes, André Simões, and Francisco Geraldes provide a lot of comfort for Oliveira to settle into the team. The Greek outfit are hoping to have a strong campaign in the 2019-20 season after finishing third in the table last season. The team went behind PAOK and Olympiakos, but they managed to hold off a late challenge fromAtromitos.
As a result of finishing third in the previous campaign, AEK Athens will be competing in the qualifying stages of the Europa league. The team will be taking on Universitatea in a two-legged affair. Cardoso has seen AEK Athens enjoy a relatively good pre-season with a couple of draws and wins. The season starts with a home game against Xanthi in the last week of August and Oliveira provides a significant boost for the team going forward.